This October (20th to 22nd), Covid-19 permitting, is the 38th World Zionist Congress in Israel. 

The World Zionist Congress convenes once every five years in Jerusalem, bringing together over 2,000 Zionist activists from around the world, and is the supreme ideological and policy-making body of the World Zionist Organization. It represents the entire political and religious spectrum of the Zionist movement and is the largest democratic exercise in the Jewish world today.

As a member of the World Zionist Organisation, the Executive of the Zionist Federation of New Zealand acts as the Area Election Committee, responsible for holding elections to nominate a delegate. 

New Zealand has been allocated one delegate for the Congress, and we plan to hold elections towards the end of June, if there are enough nominations to contest the election.

As per the World Zionist Congress rules, only members of the Zionist Federation of New Zealand are able to stand for election individually or as representatives of a New Zealand Zionist Political movement. You must also be a member in order to vote in the elections. So please ensure your membership of the Zionist Federation is current. 

The timetable for the elections for the New Zealand Delegate to the 38th World Zionist Congress is as follows:

  • Sunday 24 May – Deadline for expressions of interest to stand
  • Sunday 7 June –  Nominations close
  • Sunday 21 June – Voting opens via electronic voting
  • Sunday 5 July – Voting closes
  • Sunday 12 July (or sooner) – Notification of results of elections

If you would like to stand for election, or wish to find our more, please email Shirley-Anne Hodgson at

If you wish to become a member of the ZFNZ to be eligible to stand for election or vote, or would like to find out about your membership status, please email Idit Forster at

In the meantime, stay safe and be well.

Rob Berg

President Zionist Federation of New Zealand
President Jewish National Fund New Zealand

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